Husband and wife duo, Jeremy and Diane Thomas, fold their 25 years of combined personal training experience into Fitness Partners Workout Center. Along with a cadre of trainers and instructors the team whips clients into peak physical shape, enlisting the help of specialized machinery and old-fashioned physiology. They sculpt cores with the aid of Pilates reformer machines and TRX suspension harnesses, and blast calories during indoor cycling sessions as students struggle up virtual hills or plunge sticks into the imaginary spokes of imaginary Lance Armstrongs. Mirrored classrooms help exercisers strike pitch-perfect poses or dance moves during yoga and Zumba classes. Although classes cap off at eight students, giving instructors ample face time with each guest, personal trainers kick the customization up one full notch with plans designed around specific goals, such as managing weight, building muscle, or living a healthier lifestyle.
Facials Unlimited Day Spa’s specialists aim to make everything from the forehead to foot look good and feel good with an extensive menu of body treatments, facials, pedicures, and waxing. Nail technicians dust up cuticles and keratin with french and Shellac manicures, whereas body wraps exfoliate dead skin cells, leach out environmental toxins, and whisk away clients' chocolate outer shells. There’s an extensive selection of facial treatments, too, and each one tackles specific dermatological issues; clients can indulge in anything from an exfoliating microdermabrasion treatment to a hydrating vitamin C mask. Each complexion-boosting facial and deep, relaxing mani-pedi incorporates top products such as Bioelements, CND, and OPI.
A silhouette of New York’s skyline glows neon on the front counter at Dippitys, an Altamonte Springs eatery opened in March 2013. Behind the counter, staffers prepare a classic Big Apple treat—Italian water and crème ice made with either a cream or water base in more than 50 flavors. They also scoop ice cream; serve up Gelatis (Italian ice swirled with soft-serve ice cream), malts, egg creams, and sundaes; and load Nathan’s hot dogs with traditional toppings such as sauerkraut and chili. Italian ices and ice cream are made in-house, along with chicken tenders and fries. Sips of Barnie’s coffee wash it all back.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change package, which promotes the longevity of each vehicle. Staffers acknowledge that oil plays a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan of each car—it cools the motor and prevents moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians who have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) nurse vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, Jiffy Lube's savants perform air-filtration, battery, and transmission services, among others. The technicians' quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, only complete a service after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
Priceless Cleaners harnesses two decades of laundering experience to revitalize weary wardrobes and provide top-notch customer service, which garnered attention from the Orlando Sentinel. Shirts ($2.89) sullied with stains transform from feral rags into textile masterpieces, and pants ($6.29) that conquer their mud-soaked seams will be so overcome with joy that they perform bodyless victory laps through a high-end belt store. Clients can also gussy up dresses ($10.59), two-piece suits ($11.69), and blouses ($6.39), ensuring that closets overflow with crisp, pristine garments that smell as fresh as an artesian spring filled with patchouli.
While attending beauty shows around the country as a technical instructor, Lisa Mitchell found that many stylists were struggling with the same issue: how to turn their talent into a successful business. As a salon veteran with a penchant for maintaining full bookings, Lisa realized she was in a position to help. Today, she uses a small classroom setting to give stylists and salon owners insight into attracting clients—whether it's through managing day-to-day operations or mastering new trends. But Lisa's expertise isn't just limited to haircare. As a licensed real-estate agent, she can also help clients sell or purchase their business as well as negotiate commercial lease agreements.